Labor and the Conventional Wisdom

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When regular people (and by “regular” I mean theater people—actors,
actresses and directors who do Equity Waiver-type theater in and around
Los Angeles) learn that I used to represent an industrial labor union,
they’re tempted to sidle up to me and ask labor questions.

over the years the two most common questions have been:  (1) Why are
labor unions so corrupt?  And (2)  Do you think unions have become too
powerful?  Because they sense that these questions could be taken as
insulting or offensive, they usually preface their queries with a
cheerful, “Don’t take this the wrong way,” or “Be honest with me now.”

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